HuybrechtS, Albert, Belgian composer; b. Di-nant, Feb. 12, 1899; d. Woluwe-St.-Pierre, near Brussels, Feb. 21, 1938. He studied at the Brussels Cons, with Martin Lunssens, Paulin Marchand, Léon Dubois, and Joseph Jongen. In 1926 he gained international recognition by winning 2 U.S. prizes, the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Prize of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., for his Violin Sonata, and the Ojai Valley Prize in Calif, for his String Quartet. In 1937 he was appointed a prof, at the Brussels Cons., but a severe attack of uremia led to his premature death. He wrote in a judiciously modern idiom, seasoned with prudential dissonance.
orch: 2 symphonic poems: David (1923) and Poème féerique (1923); Chant funèbre for Cello and Orch. (1926); Sérénade (1929); Chant d’angoisse (1930); Nocturne (1931); Divertissement for Brass and Percussion (1931); Cello Concertino (1932). CHAMBER: 2 string quartets (1924, 1927); Violin Sonata (1925); Trio for Flute, Viola, and Piano (1926); Sextet for Wind Quintet, with 2nd Flute (1927); Suite for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano (1929); Choral for Organ (1930); Sicilienne for Piano (1934); Pastourelle for Cello and Piano (1934); Sonatine for Flute and Viola (1934); String Trio (1935); Wind Quintet (1936). VOCAL: Songs, including Horoscopes (1926).
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